Griffon Vulture Webcam in Israel

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Re: Griffon Vulture Webcam in Israel

Post by Marbzy » March 24th, 2020, 11:08 pm

13:59 A two-headed vulture
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14:45 How about a snack? But Mom isn't too generous
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15:02 The chick emulates the parents - he/she maintains the pose for quite a while
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Post by Marbzy » March 24th, 2020, 11:12 pm

16:34 At long last, Dad's back home
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16:34 Usual greetings...
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16:35 ... and Mom is away - that was a swift changeover
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Post by Marbzy » March 24th, 2020, 11:19 pm

16:36 There's no hearty supper for the little one...
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16:39 Dad takes a closer look
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16:48 Dad goes for a walk...
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Post by Marbzy » March 24th, 2020, 11:24 pm

16:48 The chick turns around still hoping to get a proper meal
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16:50 It seems the wait will have to continue
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17:37 He may not have been able to feed the chick, but at least makes sure the little one is comfortable
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Post by Marbzy » March 24th, 2020, 11:25 pm

20:09 And that's it for the day
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Post by Marbzy » March 25th, 2020, 7:09 pm

25 March

08:57 Dad looks to the skies
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09:33 And the skies have sent him a replacement
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09:34 Has Mom dyed her hair?
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Post by Marbzy » March 25th, 2020, 7:19 pm

10:26 Just five minutes earlier she chased away a raven that had kept taunting her. This time the raven operated, keeping a sensible distance (so sensible that only his beak made it into cam view a few times, the croaking gave him away, too), from the lower (right-hand) section of the eyrie
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10:41 She's keeping a low profile (and so is the chick)
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10:52 That wing tag again!
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Post by Marbzy » March 25th, 2020, 7:28 pm

Sadly, shortly before 11 pm the stream went down and has been down since. It looks like it could be a fairly serious issue, because all three BirdLife Israel nest cameras (short-toed eagles, long-legged buzzards, as well as the griffons) are offline. I'm not sure what the current COVID-19 restrictions could be in Israel, but it could take a while before the birds are back. I do hope to be proved wrong, especially after last year's premature end to the cinereous vulture stream at Sierra de Guadarrama National Park (taken down not long before fledging, apparently due to forest fires in the vicinity). Fingers crossed.

Speaking of black vultures... The Spanish nest is back on live cam: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNFXB2S ... e=emb_logo, and there's an egg in the nest. The quality of the stream is relatively poor (low res and overexposed), but at least it's there. I know this is not the place to do it, but in case anyone's into vultures here's a sample
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Post by Marbzy » March 26th, 2020, 11:17 am

26 March

11:06 The stream is back :2thumbsup: Or is it? It's quite unstable
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Post by Marbzy » March 26th, 2020, 11:31 pm

12:04 Maintenance work was being carried out on the cameras (apparently, server capacity had to be increased due to the number of people following the live streams!)
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12:04 Near-perfect symmetry
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12:06 Dad's about to take flight
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Post by Marbzy » March 26th, 2020, 11:38 pm

12:09 Mom proceeds to feed the chick
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15:01 That neck of hers!
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15:01 Noisy neighbours?
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Post by Marbzy » March 26th, 2020, 11:42 pm

15:04 A double stare
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15:04 To the left and to the right
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15:07 Speaking of necks... The chick's is about as long as his/her body!
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Post by Marbzy » March 26th, 2020, 11:52 pm

15:12 Here are some ups...
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15:09 ... and downs
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15:32 I'd rather look at a fuller crop
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At one point the chick made several attempts to expel some poo, raising his/her bum and visibly exerting the muscles surrounding the cloaca - all in vain. The first time I've seen this happen, normally the whole process is successfully accomplished in no more than a couple of seconds.

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Post by Marbzy » March 26th, 2020, 11:58 pm

15:03 A literal interpretation of looking up to your elders
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15:43 Dad's back, looking all savage
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15:52 And Dad again, looking all confused (Where did I put my pants?)
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Post by Marbzy » March 27th, 2020, 12:03 am

18:11 Dad's night shift has started
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23:59 No surprises
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Good night :offtobed:

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Post by Marbzy » March 27th, 2020, 7:48 pm

27 March

00:51 Just checking
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10:28 Mum's replaced Dad, and the Negev is a further hour ahead (Israel has already changed to summer time)
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11:49 The chick says hello (he/she could do with some breakfast)
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Post by Marbzy » March 27th, 2020, 8:00 pm

12:11 The chick's pooing is back to normal - it was so quick that I only managed to capture the characteristic posture (fractionally late, as usual, to capture the white squirt). At least the chick's size at nearly 5 weeks of age may be assessed
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12:12 The wings are developing nicely and symmetrically
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13:16 Dad's home for lunch?
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Post by Marbzy » March 27th, 2020, 8:06 pm

13:18 The lady makes a prompt Momxit
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13:19 Lunchtime it is. Unfortunately, it's difficult to see what's on the menu
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13:21 Whatever it is that Dad is serving, it is filling the little one's crop quickly
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Post by Marbzy » March 27th, 2020, 8:36 pm

13:24 The seven-year-old T49 is proving his doubters wrong
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13:26 Where's the dessert?
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13:30 The chick's rounded crop and belly make him/her look a like 2/3 of a snowman
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Post by Marbzy » March 27th, 2020, 8:45 pm

13:40 Yawning or belching?
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13:41 This crop could accommodate another meal
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13:46 Mantling practice? The chick's left wing is clearly extended, Dad's are a bit lower than normal
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